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Long before he took his first snap in Saturday night’s pre-season game, Johnny Manziel football cards were everywhere.  Starved for a true marquee quarterback, the card companies have jumped on the Johnny Football bandwagon with both feet.  And who can blame them?  If Manziel gets the opportunity to start for the Cleveland Browns and plays reasonably well, sales will soar.  While 2012 draftee Andrew Luck may be far more polished at this point, Manziel brings a flair and excitement to the position that hasn’t been since since Brett Favre was a youngster.

Manziel rookie cardManziel hit cardboard last spring in the annual draft sets.  Once the draft was over, Panini’s Score football arrived and since then, you can find Manziel in every new NFL-licensed product.

Among the most popular issues at the moment are Panini Elite and Prestige and Bowman (the various Chrome refractor parallels carrying Manziel autographs have had collectors ripping a lot of that product).  To collectors, the Bowman brand apparently trumps the lack of a pro uniform with sales of Manziel signed cards in low print runs selling for four-figure prices including X-fractor rookie autographs numbered to ten that have been bringing $1500-1600 and even a Bowman Chrome Superfractor which sold for a best offer of somewhere south of $15,000.

While some of the early Manziel rookie cards included the same images taken during his college career, most products 2014 Topps Inception Johnny Manzielissued in the last few weeks have somehow managed to get him in Cleveland colors.  Manziel does appear in a Browns uniform on the artsy Topps Inception product with an autographed card numbered to 50 selling for $227 over the weekend.

He even signed a few cards with the ‘Johnny Football’ moniker before the season began.  There’s an Inception gold ink ‘Nicknames’ autograph card numbered to 10 up for bid now (check out the bidding here).

 Johnny Manziel Topps Inception Gold Ink Nickname Auto RC 01/10 The good thing for shops and those who sell online is that even run of the mill, unsigned Manziel cards are selling for a couple of bucks.

Photographers were busy snapping Manziel’s first game action photos over the weekend and you can bank on some of those shots making their way into packs soon as Topps and Panini look to battle it out for the best looking Manziel rookie cards on an NFL field as the season goes on.

The future is unknown. Plenty of high-profile college quarterbacks have fizzled, even after a strong start.  Other athletes have proven themselves worthy and what once seemed like a risky investment turned out to be as golden as those ‘Johnny Football’ signatures.

Below is a list of the ‘most watched’ Manziel football cards on eBay right now.

JOHNNY MANZIEL 2014 TOPPS CHROME ROOKIE AUTO - MONEY INSCRIPTION BROWNS
8 bids - Price: $15.71 - Watchers: 13
Item #121892018179
BRETT FAVRE | JOHNNY MANZIEL 2014 TOPPS FIVE STAR DUAL PATCH AUTO BOOK # 1/10
15 bids - Price: $120.50 - Watchers: 12
Item #262286872005
JOHNNY MANZIEL 2015 IMMACULATE PREMIUM AUTO JUMBO 3 COLOR PATCH JERSEY #/99 $200
5 bids - Price: $20.50 - Watchers: 11
Item #391381506496
2014 Panini National Treasures RPA Rookie Patch Auto Johnny Manziel #d 99 BGS 9
2 bids - Price: $1.04 - Watchers: 11
Item #131725015814
2014 FIVE STAR JOHNNY MONEY MANZIEL AUTOGRAPH AUTO BOOKLET PATCH JERSEY SP RC 49
2 bids - Price: $20.49 - Watchers: 10
Item #231842104867
Johnny Manziel 2014 Panini Prizm ORANGE PRIZM AUTO AUTOGRAPH RC ROOKIE #'d /75
4 bids - Price: $7.77 - Watchers: 10
Item #391381461513
2014 National Treasures Johnny Manziel Colossal Rookie Laundry Tag Autograph 1/1
7 bids - Price: $76.00 - Watchers: 10
Item #262286872158
JOHNNY MANZIEL 2016 PANINI SUPER BOWL PRIVATE SIGNINGS AUTO 8/25 BROWNS
15 bids - Price: $23.50 - Watchers: 9
Item #131721717652
JOHNNY MANZIEL 2014 CONTENDERS DRAFT CLASS BROWNS ROOKIE AUTO AUTOGRAPH
4 bids - Price: $7.50 - Watchers: 9
Item #201519711718
JOHNNY MANZIEL 2015 PANINI COLLEGIATE DRAFT PICKS ALL-AMERICAN AUTO AUTOGRAPH
3 bids - Price: $2.01 - Watchers: 9
Item #201519711796
2014 leaf valiant johnny manziel auto rc
3 bids - Price: $5.50 - Watchers: 9
Item #121889526950
JOHNNY MANZIEL 2014 TOPPS INCEPTION GOLD AUTO 8/10 JOHNNY FOOTBALL AUTOGRAPH
3 bids - Price: $15.50 - Watchers: 9
Item #401067668249
2014 IMMACULATE JOHNNY MANZIEL ROOKIE ON CARD AUTO #41/49 BROWNS L@@K
9 bids - Price: $24.50 - Watchers: 8
Item #161972968441
JOHNNY MANZIEL 2014 FINEST BLUE REFRACTOR AUTO RC #D 24/25 BGS 10 w/ 10 AUTO
12 bids - Price: $20.50 - Watchers: 8
Item #201520914107
2014 Panini flawless Johnny Manziel autograph #5/25! rare encased Rc AUTO!!
9 bids - Price: $34.00 - Watchers: 8
Item #351648071479
Johnny Manziel 2014 Sterling Rookie Auto Autograph Rc Ser. #28/50
1 bids - Price: $0.99 - Watchers: 8
Item #361487142423
Johnny Manziel 2014 Panini Hot Rookie Blue Parallel Autograph Rookie AUTO RC /75
1 bids - Price: $0.99 - Watchers: 8
Item #252284645083
2015 JOHNNY MANZIEL VINCE MAYLE IMMACULATE DUAL NFL LOGO SHIEDS 1 OF 1 1/1
7 bids - Price: $57.00 - Watchers: 7
Item #371549210769